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Lice

Can head lice jump or fly from one head to another?

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    Look! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a LOUSE! Nope, it’s not a louse. Head lice are parasitic insects, like ticks, that need human blood to survive, and they move by crawling. They do wander from one infested host to another, all on foot or by hitchhiking on items used for hair such as hats, scarves, and sports equipment like headgear. They cannot hop or fly.
  • AAngela Lowery, DNP, Family Medicine, answered
    No, head lice cannot fly or jump from one head to another. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person, head-to-head contact, clothing, brushes, combs or towels.
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